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A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.


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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

59. The Secret Soldier

The Secret Soldier, The Story of Deborah Sampson by Ann McGovern
Illustrated by Harold Goodwin

Pages: 64
Finished: Mar. 13, 2009
First Published: 1975
Genre: children, biography
Rating: 3.5/5

Reason for Reading: Read aloud to my 8yo as part of our curriculum.

First sentence:

Deborah's mother looked down at her five sleeping children.


Comments: This is a brief, easy to read (RL3) biography of Deborah Sampson, a young woman who disguised herself as a man so she could fight in the American Revolution. The story is told quickly but in an entertaining, interesting way. While being a biography for children I think the proper term would be "biographical fiction" as much dialogue and feelings are used which couldn't possibly be known as fact, plus there is no index. But that is no reason not to read the book, as far as I know the facts are all true. Sampson was a remarkable woman for her time, who defied social conventions and led the life of adventure that she so yearned for. After her days of adventure she did marry and have children, as was expected at the time. When the truth came out everyone was totally shocked and had no idea that the young soldier was indeed a woman. An interesting tale of one of the early woman refusing to play her requisite role as a female in a male dominated world.

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